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America and its politics in flux as 2016 voting begins

11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago January 30, 2016 Jan 30, 2016 Saturday, January 30 2016 January 30, 2016 1:44 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Julie Pace

DES MOINES - First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington's ways after the 2010 tea party wave.

But for some Americans, the change and disruption have come too slowly, or failed altogether. On the eve of the first voting contest in the 2016 presidential election, these voters are pushing for bolder, more uncompromising action, with an intensity that has shaken both the Republican and Democratic establishments.

Candidates named Bush and Clinton - members of America's elite political families - and others with deep ties to party leadership have been unexpectedly challenged by a billionaire businessman-turned-reality television star, a young senator loathed by GOP leaders, and an unabashed democratic socialist.

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